Todd Boehly will handle Chelsea’s summer transfers as interim sporting director

Todd Boehly will handle Chelsea’s summer transfers as interim sporting director

Todd Boehly will serve as interim sporting director to handle Chelsea’s summer transfer negotiations.

Chelsea’s co-controller has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Stamford Bridge club, replacing Bruce Buck with immediate effect.

Marina Granovskaia has also been confirmed as stepping down as director, leaving US mogul Boehly to lead Chelsea’s recruitment talks this summer transfer window.

All the key figures in the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium have been added to Chelsea’s new board as the new era of the west London club continues to gather pace.

“As guardians of Chelsea FC, we have now begun to execute on our vision and long-term plan for the club, creating an exceptional experience for their loyal and passionate fans and continuing to vie for top honors in keeping with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history.” said Boehly.

“Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, on and off the field. For us, that effort has begun.”

Clearlake bosses and Chelsea co-controllers Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano have also been added to the Blues’ new board.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter, Swiss mogul Hansjorg Wyss and British mogul Jonathan Goldstein have officially been appointed to the Chelsea board.

Music industry supreme Barbara Charone and fellow Tory columnist Daniel Finkelstein have also been added to the board, along with Clearlake Capital partner James Pade.

“As the new era of Boehly-Clearlake ownership begins, we are excited to build a championship organization and develop Chelsea FC as a global platform,” said Eghbali and Feliciano.

“We look forward to supporting Thomas Tuchel, Emma Hayes and their teams, and will provide proactive and unyielding support to make Chelsea’s loyal fans and our partners proud.”

Bruce Buck's archive photo

Marina Granovskaia, left, and Bruce Buck, right, are leaving Chelsea (Yui Mok/PA)

Chelsea will now begin their search for a permanent sporting director, with Granovskaia leaving the club after nearly 20 years at Stamford Bridge.

Granovskaia rose to prominence as one of football’s toughest negotiators at Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.

“Boehly will serve as interim sporting director until the club appoints a full-time replacement, continuing the club’s work towards its goals during the current transfer window,” the Chelsea statement read.

Granovskaia will remain available to Chelsea during the current transfer window to help with the club’s major transition.

“We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” said Boehly.

Chelsea and Boehly face a busy summer of transfer negotiations ahead once Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on a one-year loan is fully ratified.

Belgian striker Lukaku’s move back to Inter will allow the Blues to cater for entry options, with players such as Sevilla’s Jules Kounde still awaiting a transfer from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are understood to hold Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling in high regard, while Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has attracted the Blues’ interest all summer.

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